Adega Grill
Adega Grill

Adega Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.adegagrill.com/
  • Phone: 9735898830x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, Portuguese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Monroe & Madison
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: FREE PARKING around the corner at 95 madison st
A word from Adega Grill
From the moment you enter, tones of old world yellows, stone fireplaces, wrought iron cellar gates and sconces, soft candlelight, coves with upholstered sofa seating and friendly staff, it's an undeniable inviting space, nothing short of extraordinary. Two special occasion tables with antique throne chairs and live piano music add to the intimacy. Two romantic dining rooms cater to an elegant crowd, while the long narrow bar gathers a friendly and fun bunch nightly.



The cuisine truly upholds the name of Fine Portuguese/Spanish Dining, seafood and fish, organic meats, the freshest ingredients and to maintain the tradition, huge portions are to be expected. The menu is seasonal and in addition to a varied selection of delectable dishes to satisfy any palette, daily specials are always featured. The wine list with over 180 selections is an ambitious one that keeps growing, but sure not to disappoint the discriminating connoisseur.

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Adega Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (12)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (7)special occasion (7)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Food, Scattered Service
    GD1082
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went to Adega Grill with high expectations. Very Narrow restaurant, so big groups will be at long tables. Food was excellent, however the service was scattered. No maitre'd to great even after standing at entrance for several minutes. Waiter was inattentive and scattered, in the middle of specials and questions about menu, he just walks away to take care of another table. Tuesday night and was not busy. Coffees came 10 minutes after serving of dessert. Willing to try again because the food was excellent, but maybe because we were gringos we didn't get the service we expected.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply a perfect meal
    MLopezVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I enjoyed the most wonderful lunch I could have ever imagined, consisting of chorizo flambé as an appetizer, ribeye with ham and egg was slightly undercooked for med-rare but I enjoyed it none the less, and a flan for dessert. Alfredo was my server, and he did not disappoint, attentive when needed, and not overbearing at all. The decor is slightly over the top, but the restaurant is very clean, which is something I always look for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find
    jgarc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and good service. Great place to have drinks or dinner before a show at the rock.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Fantastic!
    RevRavenous
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Recently my wife and I enjoyed dinner at Adega Grill for the first time. From the excellent service, to the beautiful and romantic grotto-like table, to the spectacular sangria, to the delicious food, everything was top notch! As the parents of two girls under two-years-old, we were overdue for a date night and we can't afford to waste our opportunities on a place that is sub par. Adega treated us like newlyweds and provided us with a much-needed and lovely evening out. You simply must give them a try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful resturant
    Jerseygirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Beautiful set up.. Food was ok. Sevice was great. Very quiet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very European feeling.
    DebDines
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Really enjoyed the atmosphere - it felt very European. The food was good - the filet mignon flambé was a bit over marinated, but very tasty. The stuffed mushrooms were outstanding!! As some of the other revues noted, the attitude of some of the waitstaff was very snotty, but one young man in particular helped break that feeling - he was very personable. Overall a good experience. Might try another restaurant in Newark next time, mostly because of the attitude of our waiter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow. One of the Best!
    pclineVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I was in from out of town and read the reviews on this place. I took a chance with an important business meeting and Adega didn't let me down. It was wonderful. The service, the food, the atmosphere...everything.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live2eat
    Live2eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We ate outside on the sidewalk which was fine, so I can't really rate the ambiance or decor. It was the perfect night to eat outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minnie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food is good ample portions, Sangria the best. Wait staff excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true taste of Portugal and Spain
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Adega Grill is a truly authentic Portuguese / Spanish restaurant in Newark. Don't miss the paella, chourico portugues and the grilled octopus, among many of the unbelievable dishes we have had. After dinner, enjoy a night cap and cigar on their outdoor patio, while enjoying good music and fun crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fbrown
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary dinner. The service and chicken in garlic sauce was juicy and fantastic. A little noisy from a small dinner party going on. Would for sure go back and eat dinner again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & fun
    MelFran
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Excellent food, and drink, fun and friendly atmosphere, great staff and service and a lot of fun and a great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Adega Grill reviews archive.
  • Lovely
    Bruno
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Lovely ambience for intimate dinner or special occasion. Menu offers delicious items so there's something for everyone. Friendly staff. I would recommend to anyone, but leave young kids at home so you and other diners can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decision
    GinoVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went there Saturday night with my wife and it was wonderful! Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Ambiance and decor was rich and romantic without being gaudy. Most of all, the food was great, prepared with care and presented well. I had the steak, she had the surf/turf, both excellent and enough to bring home for another meal. Adega is a bit more expensive than other restaurants in the Ironbound section but is well worth it. The steak was $25 but enough for 2 meals = $12.50 per steak!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NocookingVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    good restaurant for a large group. we had a wonderful round table in the back room. we had an early dinner before a show and we were the only party in the room. the staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girlfriend Brunch outing for a doz
    Gospel
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Every three months 12 girlfriends get together to enjoy eating together and then we go to a show in the downtown area. Adega Grill was recommended by one of the girls after they had attended a meeting there. I must say they were very accommodating since our party didn't arrive altogether .The food was presented beautifully and it more than delicious,each person was very satisified with my choice of venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a hit...
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Overall some of the best Portuguese food in the Northeast - definitely one of the best, if not the best, in NJ. Highly recommend for a quiet date night, an early dinner with the family, or a corporate event. Prices are a little on the higher side, but the portions are very generous and the overall quality of the food and the presentation makes it worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfriendly maître de...
    Foody
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Made us uncomfortable from the moment we entered the restaurant. Can not return and it's okay bc the are many excellent eatin establishments with a more pleasant environment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MS27VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Awesome food...and a Sangria that was very enjoyable...The portions were large my son enjoyed the steak that I brought home.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Good
    BobpVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service and food are always great at this wonderful restaurant. We had a great Easter Brunch and were the only table of non Portuguese speaking diners. A real testament to the authenticity of the food and experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE EXCESS
    Axwall8
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food is delicious although the portions are large enough to feed a village. If you can't take home a doggie bag, it's disheartening to see so much of it go to waste. The wine list is unnecessarily expensive: lowest priced for bottles go for $35 and prices rise precipitously from there. Best bet is to buy wine by the glass or half bottles, which are relatively inexpensive ($12.50) and eminently drinkable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food and great service
    Mattg1958
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I was surprised it wasn't very busy on a Friday evening. The service was extremely attentive, so much so that my dinner companion complained to me about how frequently they checked up on us. I had the Salada de Verão (Mixed field greens w/ nuts, dried cranberries, gorgonzola cheese & seasonal fruit in our house dressing) and it was great. For my entre I had the Camarão Jumbo Recheado (Jumbo shrimp stuffed w/ crabmeat, served w/ crisp Spanish style potatoes, saffron rice & fresh vegetables). This was also very good. I had the flan for desert and it was disappointing - a little rubbery. The white sangria was very nice. To top it all off, I even easily found a parking spot on the street one block away.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good news, bad news
    bfrank4fr
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    First the good: the staff was wonderful. Couldn't have been more gracious. Professional Not as quiet as we hoped for The bad - disappointed in the food. My garlic shrimp - something that so many before raved about - didn't taste garlicky and was very hard. I forgot to take the uneaten "doggy bag" home - perhaps it was Freudian. The paella my husband and son had they enjoyed - but wouldn't give it 4 stars. The wine was delicious - wish I remember the name. The oreo cheesecake was fine - but certainly not why we would choose this restaurant - and not fair to evaluate based upon this dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    njdevil1VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Probably the best in iron bound. Food, service both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    HungryhVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Beats all other "factory Portuguese" restaurants on ferry street. Food always great and best garlic shrimp and cockles ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great ethnic restaurant
    Maxi
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We always enjoy te Spanish food at Adeja. The restaurant is quieter than many of the other places in the neighborhood and we lays have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a delightful dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    What a delightful dinner! We ordered the shrimp in garlic and chorizo for appetizers. Four of us shared two orders of the seafood paella for 2. The lobster, shrimp, scallops and other seafood were fresh, sweet and succulent and beautifully presented. The red sangria was excellent as were the desserts, flan and lemon tartufo. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portugal Never Tasted Better!
    edchrisnj
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    A short walk from Newark Penn Station is one of the best restaurants in the NYC area! If you are in the mood for the total Portuguese experience; then this is THE PLACE! LARGE portions;extensive wine list includes Portuguese Table Wines! (And those in "the know" are very aware most Portuguese wines never make it across the "pond" as they are consumed throughout Europe!) Delightful, knowledgeable staff add to your total dining pleasure! You owe it to yourself to make plans to dine at Adega Grill. We will return!! Oh, and if you are on a budget;consider this: our party of 9 drank,ate,enjoyed dessert for UNDER $600!!![
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back!
    rgsbms
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was flavorful, presented beautifully and the service was extremely attentive. Portions were large. Sangria was tasty. Parking is free and convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood fix cured
    Patick
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We wanted some seafood on a whim Saturday night and decided to head to the Iron Bound district. the portions were big and the sangria hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't recommend much ...
    JohnbhudsonVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    ....however, this place is off the chart. Food is amazing. Service was speculation! Need I say more?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Reliable in the Ironbound
    HappyLeaderVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Every once in a while we get the urge for Portuguese food, and being a master of the motto "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", we return to Adega Grill. This visit was no exception: Delicious white sangria, A huge platter of grilled seafood (for 2), yellow rice, and Spanish potatoes. All fresh, delicious, properly cooked, and reasonably priced. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little known great find
    HungryhVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Found while searching open table. Great paella and best garlic shrimp ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been coming to Adega
    loveopentable
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have been coming to Adega Grill for over 10 years. It is our favorite restaurant in NJ. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. This was our 8th New Year's Eve at Adega. We go early so it isn't crowded yet therefore rather quiet. We are a group of 8 people. The service is terrific. We are never disappointed and we will be back. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Perfect for Pre Prudential Center Events. Big portions, cute decor, quality food and exceptional service. Pricing was reasonable as well. Parking can be tricky, its a busy street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Ironbound?
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    I've been to Adega a couple times this year with co-workers and can't wait to go back with family and friends. The bar is narrow, a little loud, but great fun. The restaurant has a great ethnic flair, is upscale, and the food is amazing. The chourico cooked table side is a great appetizer, their version of a steak with a fried egg on it is a more refined take on a Portuguese classic and their flan might be second to none. Worth dealing with the traffic at rush hour to get there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why here?
    Sullynne
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    There are so many Portuguese restaurants in the Ironbound, I thought I'd try a "steakhouse" instead which is the way Adega is promoted but once there it seemed like just another Portuguese restaurant with a more upscale look. The chef is surely the same one working at Iberia or Spain or.... I asked the waiter, who was fairly inarticulate and not personable in any way what the restaurant was known for and he said Seafood. Go figure, in a steakhouse. No complaints about the food, it was okay, just okay, but really this place is confused about what it is trying to project, what it is trying to deliver and how it is delivered. I'd just go to a standard Portuguese restaurant - you know what you are getting and you get it.
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  • The best Paella
    Cuba
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    I have been here several times, but I never tried the paella before, it was spectacular!, The best of the Best! There is not comparison, I highly recommend it. We were a big party and the service was special. We will definite go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went here with a party of
    vibrant77
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Went here with a party of six for Thanksgiving. The ambiance is that of old euro opulence,with its fine decor. Great for a romantic dinner date. The service is commendable. The waiters speak limited english so dont converse in length. The only con is that some staff stand around which will remind you of being overlooked by a bodyguard. The food was great. Each member of my party had a different entree and all loved it. Large portions beyond a great value of $27+. The paelha was my entree and would feed a family of 8. It was a lot of food indeed. However, good food with ample seafood chicken and a fresh lobster to top it off. The porterhouse steak is huge. The turtle cheesecake is a hood choice to end the night. Its marble chocolate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    steve
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    went there for thanksgiving...food was great as was the service. my family and I loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.